143rd Illinois Infantry soldier's letter/ Helena, Arkansas
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Soldier's Letter, 3 pages, 8vo., Helena, Arkansas, August 20/ 64. Sergeant Samuel E. Crager (Co. C, 143rd Illinois Infantry) writes:

"... I am recovered entirely from my late sickness & feel in good spirits & partly because I believe that leisure moments can not be better occupied than by communicating ones thoughts to absent friends.

Since I wrote you I have rejoined my Regt. at this place which is inhibited principally by sharpers & mosquitoes & Ague. There is a Minnesota Regt. here that came with over a thousand men a little over a month ago & men they have not got 200 men that is fit for duty and considering that we have over 100 cases of Ague already. I should say the prospect was rather gloomy when we know that we have to stay our time out here which is just thirty days from today. But we must bear all this & even more for the sake at serving our country.

What do you think of Grant in the East. Is your confidence shaken yet. For myself I like not the way he butchers up men & gains nothing as I can see our Sherman is still going ahead after the Rebel army in the south & where we are there is nothing but Guerillas. So you see me dont have much to fear from Rebels where I am stationed. If the mosquitoes & ague would only stay as far away as the Jayhawkers I should feel pretty safe for the rest of this one hundred days...S. E. Crager

                                                                Color Bearer

                                                                 143rd Ills."


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143rd Illinois Infantry soldier's letter/ Helena, Arkansas

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